Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 23rd February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 23rd February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
5-14m/s (Hirafu)
Variable
This report
Saturday 23rd February 2013, 8:30am
10cm
Friday 22nd February 2013, 8:35am 15cm
Thursday 21st February 2013, 9:15am 15cm
Wednesday 20th February 2013, 8:56am 20cm
Tuesday 19th February 2013, 8:38am 10cm
Monday 18th February 2013, 8:28am 7cm
Sunday 17th February 2013, 8:54am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 97cm
Last 14 reports (total): 182cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 269cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1248cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 23rd February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and this morning I have another 10-15cm of snowfall to report from Hirafu. Some good consistent snowfall over the last week, which is great of course. We probably have a few more days of similar conditions before clearer conditions around Tuesday and the last few days of the month.

It's not snowing right now as I write this but snow showers possible throughout the day.

Some fairly strong winds affecting the Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 top lifts on Niseko Grand Hirafu and the top lift at Niseko Hanazono, otherwise normal operations as planned by the looks of things.

From a look at the Avalance Info below it looks like some of the gates will be closed again this morning.

Not much else to report this morning, it'll be another busy one out there. Hope you can enjoy it.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 525cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 375cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Village
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 245cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -10C, 15cm of broken particles snow. Moiwa 800m: storng westerly storm and development of snowdrifts. Annupuri peak: ENE17m/s, -16C. Coastal data: NW17m/s, 1.5m waves and 1011hPa.

Typical winter pressure pattern continues and a snowstorm picked up from late night. Development of snowdrifts is drastic and the avalanche risk will remain high during the morning. Potentially hazardous slopes are knoll terrain in 800m SE facing slopes where slabs of up to 80cm thickness could slide. Gates 2, 3 and 6 will be kept closed.

The closing of gates is based on objective hazard evaluation and is determined for the sake of ALL resort users. It is a message for everyone to tell that the area beyond should not be touched. Hiking up from the end of the rope just below gate 6, or traversing all the way to Higashione from gate 5 will only lead many people to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen. If an avalanche happens in Moiwa/Mikaeri bowl, it is highly likely to be deeply buried at the bottom of the valley. Higashione has large vertical difference and could lead big consequences. These are the reason for having the gates closed yesterday and today. Selfish interpretation of the rules is neglecting the trust between the users and the resorts and will only lead to a stronger regulation. We strongly demand everyone to respect the Rules if we want to keep Niseko a free & safe place to ride/ski. Beware of cracks and have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Saturday 23rd February 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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